Chicago Training Week 9 Recap 

Today concludes running for the month of July. I finished this month with my highest mileage in a while 198.85 miles and 43 this week. 

Monday: rest day with a quick strength routine including ball exercises, band exercises and planks! 

Tuesday: 7.5 miles east with the last .5 as drills 

Wednesday: 7.5 miles speed- 2 minutes on (6:40) 2 minutes off (7:25) x 6 

Thursday: rest day because of rain, yoga with my mom 

Friday: 7 miles easy and a waterski 

Saturday: 40 minutes yoga with both my parents, 5 miles easy and hip routine 

Sunday: 16 miles at 8:18 pace, 6 mile warm up, 6 miles at goal marathon pace 7:36, 7:25, 7:23, 7:13, 7:14, 7:18, 4 mile cool down! 

Week 43 

2017 total 1134.5

July total 198.85 

Hoping to ramp up my mileage more in August! 


Chicago Training Week 8 Recap 

This week was another hot one so I altered my workouts a bit and made one an easy run instead of a tempo! 

Monday: rest day! 

Tuesday: 8 miles total, 5 in the morning with an Instagram friend and 3 more at lunch! 

Wednesday: 5.8 miles with 6x.5 speed (6:34, 6:32, 6:35, 6:33, 6:38, 6:50) it was SO hot I was surprised I made it through all of them. 

Thursday: 7 total, 3.75 at lunch and it was too hot so waited until the evening and added 3.25 more. 

Friday: supposed to be speed but did 7.5 miles easy. The day before was very hot to the point where I felt terrible post run so my body did not have the energy for a tempo! 

Saturday: 5 miles of trails with the dogs! 

Sunday: 10 miles with Angela and 4 miles solo! Ran through York, it was beautiful!

Weekly total 47.3

2017 total 1091.5

Chicago Training Week 7 Recap

A day late, but better late than never! Last week was a cutback Week and the first week in a while that my foot completely stopped hurting! I did a few things that I think helped. 

1. Stopped wearing my hokas 

2. Also stopped wearing my Nike Pegasus shoes on long runs 

3. Bought some saucony rides for long runs 

4. Oofos recovery sandals!! 

5. Stretching and foam rolling my calves and legs 

By the time I made it to the doctor my foot didn’t hurt, which always happens to me but either way I am just happy it’s resolved! 

Now for last weeks workouts! 

Monday: Rest 

Tuesday: 7 miles easy 

Wednesday: 7 mile tempo- 2×2 miles (6:57, 6:54, 6:48, 6:56) and a 2 mile walk with lyla 

Thursday: 5 miles east at lunch 

Friday: 7.5 mile speed – 2 mile warm up, 1 mile at 6:45 .25 recovery, 2x.5 miles at 6:17 and 6:26 with .25 recovery, 4×1 minute hard at (5:50, 5:50, 5:47, 5:49), cool down 

Saturday: 6 trail miles with Angela and Lyla! Also a quick strength routine! 

Sunday: 11 progressive tempo miles 8:17, 8:20, 8:16, 8:02, 7:38, 7:29, 7:20, 7:08, 7:02, .5 miles at 6:50, cool down for 1.5 miles 

Weekly total 43.5

2017 total 1,044.2

Have a great week! 


How to Complete a Hard Workout

We all have those workouts where we read the details and think what was my coach thinking? How can I possibly complete that? How can I hit those paces? Asking yourself these questions is your first mistake. Although, I still have these thoughts when I first read a workout, immediately after I start telling myself “I can“.

I can run 4 miles at a 7 minute pace.

I can hold a 6 minute pace for 1 minute.

I can run a marathon at a 7:xx pace.

I can, I can, I can…

The more I say it the more I believe it. Before I go to sleep I visualize myself executing the workout perfectly and when I get out of bed the next morning I am ready to tackle it regardless of the result. However, how do you push through when you are in the midst of the workout and all you want to do is stop? Set smaller goals for yourself.

Focus on the mile, minute, seconds that you are in and nothing more.

Once you make it through the first segment think of the next, keep taking the workout apart in chunks! I do this for all my workouts. It is a huge help mentally. Besides for me, its mainly myself that stands in the way of success in my hard workouts, specifically doubts and getting inside my own head. If I can control that, the workout is much easier for me to complete. When the negativity or the need to quit sneaks up how do you push it away?

Mantras. This too shall pass. What if you can?  I can, I will. No regrets. 

Think about your goal. What are you working for? How bad do you want it? Put in the work!

Prove yourself to yourself. Show yourself you can. Put forth your best effort and have no regrets.

Trick yourself. Tell yourself if you hit one mile or x minutes at the prescribed pace, then you can stop, but keep upping it to the next mile and before you know it you will be done!

Turn up the music. I don’t run with music, but if you do put on that playlist that puts a pep in your step and gets you to forget the pain of the workout and just settle in and let the music take you through the workout.

Find what works for you!

Some of my most rewarding workouts are the ones where I want to quit and I don’t, I push through and come out physically and mentally stronger. These are the workouts I am most proud of because they get me that much closer to my goal.

Reaching your running goals is just as much mental as it is physical!

Happy Saturday Everyone!


Chicago Training Recap Week 6

Today concludes Week 6 of my Chicago Marathon training and guess what!? I reached 1000 miles so far this year! 

This week started off kind of tough. I was in Maine, way up in the middle of nowhere, but a beautiful place, for the Fourth of July. The only road I could run on was dirt, rocky, hilly and had potential for wildlife. Aka no houses around after a certain point and no people. So it was tough to get my runs in but I did what I could. I also think the change in service hurt my foot a bit because it is feeling better now that I have returned to Portsmouth and pavement!

Monday: Rest! Relaxed by the lake in Maine and read some books 🙂 

Tuesday: Had 7 scheduled but managed 3. My foot was really hurting so I called it. My pup also got a fish hook stuck in her nose so there was a lot of drama that day!

Wednesday: 7 mile tempo- 20 minutes at 7:10-7:20 5 minute recovery then 20 minutes at 7:00-7:15. I was a little off on paces due to the terrain 🙂 

Thursday: 3.7 miles at lunch with friends and 3.3 miles at home with myself and after some great chips! 

Friday: 8 mile fartlek at the gym due to rain – 10 minute warm up 10 minutes at 7:15 pace, 4x 3 minutes at 6:30 pace with 2 minute recovery jog between, 2×1 minute at 6:00 pace with 2 minute recovery jog between, cool down to 8! 

Saturday: 5.3 mile walk jog with my sister. 8 minutes running, 2 minutes walking 

Sunday: 16 miles before 8 am! Foot felt good the whole time! 

Weekly total: 47.05

2017 total: 1000.7 miles 

My sister visited this weekend and we had a great time together! We also saw my parents in Portland, overall a satisfying weekend filled with smiles:) 

I hope you all had a great weekend!!